Here I Raise My Ebenezer

There’s a peculiar line in the classic hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” that many of us probably never even realized was there. It’s in the second stanza; and it says, “Here I raise my Ebenezer.”

Similarly, many of us may not be familiar with the single verse from which that line originated. Robert Robinson apparently not only knew of the verse but also understood its meaning and importance, for it was he who wrote those words into his beautiful and timeless hymn.

In 1 Samuel 7:12 we are told that “Samuel took a stone and set it up . . . and called its name Ebenezer, saying ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.'”

That stone was a reminder to the Israelites of God’s faithfulness and might. It was set up so that no matter what situation they were in, they would be able to hark back to their defeat of the Philistines in which God was faithful to deliver them.

What reminders do you have of God’s faithfulness in your life? It may be a picture, a song, a powerful verse that really spoke to your heart during a difficult time. Whatever it is, keep it at hand so that when you are discouraged you can not only use it to recall how God has blessed and helped you, but you can also look forward to His future faithfulness.

Ebenezer—from two Hebrew words pronounced together: Even Haazer—”Stone of Help.”


3 Responses to “Here I Raise My Ebenezer”

  1. Larry Says:

    I like this post very much, it shows me that you spend time in the Word, I don’t mean just reading it, but digging, to find out what it means, even to the point of finding out what one word means.
    I wonder, the name doesn’t really fit the main character in “A Christmas Carol” “Ebenezer Scrooge” Is it even spelled the same? I’m not sure.

  2. Mountain Mama Says:

    Hey, thats reall interesting. I didn’t know about that. Now I can share it with my family.
    There are so many things that remind me if the Lord’s faithfulness that I wouldn’t know where to begin. I guess at my age, I could say my life and home are filled with reminders of his loving care. Every breath I take is proof.

  3. Twinkle Says:

    Gib this is great….you have encouraged me and taught me something too, thank you. 🙂

    I am always encouraged and reminded of Gods faithfulness when I hear Him speak to me through others….. such a blessing.

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